Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Teabag Folding ATC Swap

   This swap was my idea so I hosted it. There weren't a lot of players but OH MY! The cards were beautiful. I really wanted to keep them all. Teabag folding was real popular a few years ago. Something this beautiful should never be forgotten. If you have never done teabag folding you should Google it. There are so many beautiful folds along with the directions to make them. These are wonderful on greeting cards, scrapbook pages, and even on gift boxes. There really are so many ways to use these beautiful creations. Years ago I made Christmas decorations out of these by gluing two back to back and trapping a string for hanging between them. Some were made from foil gift bags. They did last for years.

THIS IS THE CARD I MADE




   Before starting my cards I selected three scrapbook papers that were different shades of the same color. One would be my background and the other two shades would be used to make my star fold center piece. I started by making my teabag folded centerpiece. After I assembled it a put a drop of Liquid Pearls in the center. I put it aside to dry. While it was drying I found some silver metal "Love" charms. I covered them with Liquid Pearls and sat them aside to dry. I then glued the background paper onto a piece of white card stock. Then I trimmed the outside of two edges with iridescent rick-rack. After everything was dry I glued everything in place.

  
THESE ARE THE PLAYERS ATC'S




 Ann Jensen




 Jan Caldwell




 Kathy Scholl




 Anita Crosby




Verna Heavner


   These really were beautiful cards. The players were so generous that I was able to keep one from each player. I was so thrilled. It made it so much easier to swap them out. Thanks to everyone that played and to those that sent me a hostess card. I am so happy to have these in my collection. They really are fun and easy to make. In fact I thought about making some for my Christmas tree...then I remembered that I haven't put up a tree in years. Oh well. Maybe I'll make some for my daughter's tree.

Take Care
Kathy

Friday, July 24, 2015

Paper Napkin ATC Swap

   A while ago I signed up for a swap called Paper Napkins. We were to use a napkin on our ATCs somehow, whether it was an accent, trim or background. I really wanted to join this swap but I didn't have any paper napkins that I could use. I had Halloween and Leaves. I was so happy that two friends sent some paper napkins to me. What a lovely selection to choose from.

THESE ARE THE ATC'S THAT I MADE




   
   I decided to use a napkin with violets on. I later found out that it had came from Germany. It was beautiful but frail. I started by covering a piece of white cardstock with a mixture of white glue and water. I then tried to press the napkin onto it. It started falling to pieces in my hands. I worked really hard to just press the flowers and edge trim onto the card stock. The only way that I could still use these beautiful violets was to trim around them. Not exactly what I had planned. I wanted to use the napkin as a background and then trim the violets and layer them on top of the background violets. Now I had to create a background for my lovely violets. I found some purple card stock and brushed a layer of Extreme Glitter over it. Then I painted the edge of a paper doily with glitter glue and placed it on the left outside edge. Then I went back to the napkin scraps and cut out the printed border. I used a decorative edge punch on it and then glued it against the left edge part way over the paper doily. Then I trimmed the violets and ran them through my sticker maker and placed them onto my card. I finished them off by tying a tiny white bow and gluing it onto the stems of the violets.
I added a rhinestone on a petal as a dew drop.

THESE ARE THE ATC'S I RECEIVED

Jan Gray

Lucie Horowitz

Kathy Rohn

   I am so grateful to the two friends that sent me paper napkins so that I could play in this swap. I am sure that you can see how great these cards are. It would have been a shame to have missed it. Thanks to everyone, the hostess (that sent napkins to me), the good friend (that also sent napkins to me) and to those whose art I received.

Take Care
Kathy


Monday, July 20, 2015

Corrugated Paper ATC Swap

    Things come and go. Once upon a time everyone was using corrugated paper or cardboard in their cards, scrapbook pages, and ATC's. They even sold a tool to crimp paper to make your own corrugated paper(I never brought one of those). It was good that someone came up with the theme "Corrugated Paper". It has been so long since I made anything with corrugated paper so I signed up. This was going to be fun!

THIS IS THE CARD THAT I MADE



   I selected a double sided paper for this card. I started by cutting the pieces larger than I would need for my ATC. Then using my scoring board and scoring tool I carefully scored the paper at 1/8 intervals. Then I clipped the corners from some scrap pieces and glued them onto two corners of lightweight cardboard. Then I trimmed to size and glued my piece of homemade corrugated paper over the top and gently pulled the corners back to show the matching paper beneath. Next came the fun part. I sat and carefully peeled the top layer of a piece of corrugated cardboard off revealing the ripples beneath. Then I watered down white acrylic paint making a kind of whitewash. I painted on a couple of coats before getting the look that I wanted. I glued it in the center and then glued down the turned corners over it. I punched out a circle and glued it down. Then using a pink paper flower that I colored the center beads with copper accents, I centered it in the center of the punched circle. I made a small bow out of raffia and put a drop of walnut Stickles in the center. This was a lot of fun to make. Sometimes I really enjoy making a mess while playing with my projects.

THESE ARE THE CARDS I RECEIVED

 Karen Rule

 Kathy Keller

 Patsy Childress

   These cards are all so unique that I wish that I could have seen all the ATC's that were sent in to the hostess of this swap. I would have loved to have seen all those ideas. This was fun and I thank the hostess and all the players for these wonderful cards for my collection.

Take Care
Kathy